The Walking Dead tells the story of the months and years that follow after a zombie apocalypse. It follows a group of survivors, led by police officer Rick Grimes, who travel in search of a safe and secure home.
The comic goes on to explore the challenges of life in a world overrun by zombies who take a toll on the survivors, and sometimes the interpersonal conflicts present a greater danger to their continuing survival than the zombies that roam the country. Over time, the characters are changed by the constant exposure to death and some grow willing to do anything to survive.
Wikipedia: The Walking Dead is an American post-apocalyptic horror television series developed for television by Frank Darabont and based on the ongoing comic book series, The Walking Dead, by Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore and Charlie Adlard. The series centers on a small group of survivors led by Sheriff’s Deputy Rick Grimes and his family.
The series premiered on October 31, 2010, and is broadcast on the cable television channel AMC in the United States.
The first season premiered to universal acclaim and was nominated for several awards, including the Best Television Series Drama at the 68th Golden Globe Awards. Based on its reception, AMC renewed the series for a second season of 13 episodes which premiered on October 16, 2011.
On October 25, 2011, the series was renewed for a third season by AMC after more high ratings.
Series Overview: The Walking Dead tells the story of the aftermath of a zombie apocalypse; it follows a small group of survivors, traveling across the desolate United States in search of a new home away from the shuffling hordes of the undead (or “walkers” as they are called by the survivors). The plot is focused primarily on the human element of a post-apocalyptic world and the way the struggling human survives. The group is led by Rick Grimes, who was a sheriff’s deputy in a small Georgia town before the zombie outbreak. As their situation grows more hazardous, the group’s desperation to survive pushes them to the brink of insanity. At every turn they are faced with the unbearable horrors that come from having the dead walk again, the changing dynamic of their group, as well as facing hostility from the scattered remains of a struggling human populace who are focused on their own survival, now that the structures of global society have collapsed.
Season 1 (2010)
The first season centers on Deputy Rick Grimes, who was shot and ended up in a coma for an indeterminate time. When he awakens, he finds a post-apocalyptic world overrun with the walking dead. He leaves the hospital and discovers his wife and son are missing. Rick arms himself and, after hearing a rumor from a survivor, begins a perilous journey for Atlanta, where the CDC is said to have set up a quarantined safe-zone in the city and where his family may be hiding. During his journey, Rick sees the devastation left by the “walkers” (a nickname given to the zombies). Upon reaching Atlanta, he soon discovers that the city is overrun by the undead and is no longer safe.
A few miles outside the city, Rick’s wife Lori and his son Carl have been hiding from the walkers with Shane Walsh, Rick’s former colleague and best friend. They have established a camp with a small group of survivors from around the country. After being rescued from Atlanta by the group and reunited with Lori and Carl, Rick assumes a command position with Shane and must take responsibility not only for his family but also for the survival of the group. Part of the group goes back into Atlanta to recover weapons, where they come into conflict with other survivors, but Rick soon eases the tensions. However, on their return to their camp, they find it has been nearly overrun by walkers. Hoping to find medical treatment for an injured member, the remainder decide to return to Atlanta and seek aid from the CDC.
In the CDC, all but one staff member (Dr. Edwin Jenner) have fled or killed themselves. Dr. Jenner explains his research into the cause of the “zombie apocalypse”. But the CDC building is not the safe haven the group believed. The following day, lack of fuel for the generators causes certain safety protocols to be initiated, which will result in the destruction of the CDC. Dr. Jenner explains that the French may have found a cure, as they were the only nation whose scientists stayed in their labs. Dr. Jenner elects to stay in the CDC despite the impending explosion. Before the group flees, Dr. Jenner whispers something unknown into Rick’s ear. The group escapes just as Jenner and Jacqui are killed by the building’s self-destruct sequence.
Season 2 (2011–2012)
The second season premiered on October 16, 2011 and will feature 13 episodes. At a 2011 Paley Center for Media panel, it was announced that the second season will feature Grimes’ group of survivors leaving Atlanta for the countryside, including the Greene family farm, a setting in the comic book series. Filming of season 2 began in June 2011 in the greater Atlanta area. Prior to the start of season 2, a 6-part webisode series aired October 3, 2011 on AMC’s website. The webisodes detail the events just when the outbreak began, specifically the life of Hannah, also known as “”, who appeared in the first episode of the series.
Rick Grimes and the survivors leave Atlanta and head to Fort Benning. Along the way, they come across a traffic jam of vehicles on I-85 and they scavenge supplies from several vehicles. The group then hides as walkers approach in a “herd”; T-Dog receiving an injury to his arm from a crashed car and Sophia is chased by two walkers and runs off into the woods. Rick goes after her and tells her to hide under some branches by a creek. Rick kills both of the walkers but finds that Sophia has gone missing. The group begins to search for Sophia, but are unsuccessful. Carl is accidentally shot by man named Otis who was hunting for deer. Otis takes Rick, Shane, and Carl to a farm house where Carl is treated by a veterinarian. Shane and Otis head to a local high school in search for more medical supplies but are trapped by walkers. Shane returns to the farm without Otis, telling the others at the farm that Otis sacrificed himself in hopes of keeping Shane and Carl alive, while Shane fled. It is later revealed that Shane actually shot Otis in the leg to distract the walkers in order to save himself and the medical supplies.
AMC renewed The Walking Dead for a third season on October 25, 2011, after the season two premiere broke cable ratings records in the 18–49 demographic, as announced by AMC president, Charlie Collier, “We are thankful for everyone’s contribution in front of and behind the camera as we continue to make The Walking Dead a unique television experience. And, we are so proud as it continues to set viewership records around the world.”
- Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes
- Jon Bernthal as Shane Walsh
- Sarah Wayne Callies as Lori Grimes
- Laurie Holden as Andrea
- Jeffrey DeMunn as Dale Horvath
- Steven Yeun as Glenn
- Chandler Riggs as Carl Grimes
- Norman Reedus as Daryl Dixon
- Melissa McBride as Carol Peletier (season 1–)
- IronE Singleton as Theodore “T-Dog” Duggs (season 1–)
- Madison Lintz as Sophia Peletier (season 1–)
- Emma Bell as Amy (season 1)
- Jeryl Prescott Sales as Jacqui (season 1)
- Andrew Rothenberg as Jim (season 1)
- Juan Pareja as Morales (season 1)
- Adam Minarovich as Ed Peletier (season 1)
- Noah Emmerich as Dr. Edwin Jenner (season 1)
- Michael Rooker as Merle Dixon (season 1)
- Scott Wilson as Hershel Greene (season 2)
- Lauren Cohan as Maggie Greene (season 2)
- Emily Kinney as Beth Greene (season 2)
- Pruitt Taylor Vince as Otis (season 2)
- Jane McNeill as Patricia (season 2)
- James McCune as Jimmy (season 2)
- Michael Zegen as Randall (season 2)
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